Tripoli Gallery

Claude Viallat

b. 1936, Nîmes, France

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Claude Viallat (b. 1936, Nîmes, France) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier in France from 1955 to 1959, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1962 and 1963. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Ceysson & Bénétière in New York, NY (2017), Galerie Oniris in Rennes, France (2016), as well as Galerie Bernard Ceysson (2016) and Galerie Daniel Templon (2016), both in Paris, France. By 1966, Viallat was working in the method of All-over painting, a form of painting in which the whole surface is regarded uniformly without a dominant point of interest. In the 1970s Viallat was a founding member of "Support-Surface", a group of artists formed in the south of France that experimented with the deconstruction of the conventional painting surface and its support (canvas and stretcher). Since then, Viallat has been recognized for his grid-like patterns composed of a repeating rectangular shape with rounded corners and curved sides. Viallat works on a multitude of different surfaces such as rugs and curtains. They are never stretched onto wood or another support, but always hang as loose fabrics. Viallat lives and works in Nîmes, France.